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A warm welcome to issue 13 of The Marine Biologist magazine. As you will have guessed from the cover, this edition has a polar flavour. Climate warming is bringing change faster in the Arctic Ocean than anywhere else on the planet.

From drones to the DNA in a shrimp's gut, our capacity to observe the ocean seems to be limited only by our imagination. All this accumulating data is potential evidence in support of sustainable management of the marine environment.

A warm welcome to The Marine Biologist magazine. A full range of material awaits, including brain-eating parasites, entangled cetaceans, trophic cascades, and more.

The future ocean can look like a scary place: hotter, more acidic and breathless. In the wake of stories about longer and more frequent marine heatwaves our cover story (page 10) looks into the effects of a warmer future in Antarctica.


A blueprint for sustainable fisheries

Tom Pickerell describes Project Inshore, a collaborative venture between Seafish, the UK industry authority on seafood, the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to develop roadmaps for sustainable management of all English inshore fisheries.
Tom Pickerell
Fishing & aquaculture
Marine policy

A new species of jellyfish from Southeast Asia

The discovery of new species of jellyfish or planktonic cnidarians is not a rare event even in recent years, as they are often found in the deep-sea or offshore waters where most of us, even scientists, are unable to access. However, it would be surprising if a large, conspicuous jellyfish, consumed by people was new to science. A new species of
jellyfish that has been commercially harvested for more than 20 years for human consumption was discovered recently in central Java, Indonesia.

Jun Nishikawa
Guy Baker Profile

Editorial Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of The Marine Biologist, a new magazine for the marine biological community, provided free to Marine Biological Association (MBA) members.
Guy Baker


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We welcome relevant articles, opinion pieces and reviews. See the submissions tab for further information.


We welcome submissions of articles about marine life. We will consider reviews of scientific literature, opinion pieces, letters, reviews of books, DVDs etc., poems, art and fiction. Articles should be original and your own work. We are most excited about articles that are:

  • new (or that have a new take on an existing subject)
  • relevant to current ocean issues
  • accurate and well written

Guidelines for contributors:

Articles should be original, concise and informative and should be much less formal in tone than a scientific paper. We ask authors to use straightforward and clear language, and to avoid jargon. At the same time we welcome depth and detail on science, techniques, taxonomy and so forth where it is appropriate.

A main article for The Marine Biologist magazine can be anything upwards of 1,000 words in length. Shorter pieces are also popular as they help vary the pace of the magazine, and these are very welcome.

Representative, colourful images or graphics will always support a story. You will need to own the copyright of images you submit, or have written permission from the copyright owner to use them in the context of a magazine that will be widely distributed.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer payment for articles.

If you are interested in submitting an article for consideration, please contact the Editor.


If you have ideas or opinions about the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you.

The MBA Publications team

Tel: 01752 426239